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Party Wall Questions #6

Thursday, 17th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question A leasehold owner of a ground floor flat proposes to underpin the rear external walls (not party walls) of their property. What notice(s) should be served on the Freeholder and the leaseholder of the flat above and what part(s) of the Act apply? This is another question that was raised at a recent FPWS North London forum ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #5

Tuesday, 15th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question What factors should a Surveyor consider when setting the hourly rate to use when calculating expenses for Adjoining Owner appointments? When a proposed fee appears excessive should a Building Owners’ surveyor ask the Adjoining Owner’s surveyor to justify their hourly rate as well as the number of hours on their time sheet? This ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #4

Saturday, 12th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question I recently arranged to meet a Building Owner’s surveyor on site to prepare a schedule of condition only to find that the foundations to the proposed rear extension had already been excavated and cast. In light of recent case law were we within our rights to produce an Award authorising the excavation work retrospectively. No ... Read more >>

Leasehold Valuation Calculations – 2 Worked Examples

Saturday, 12th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Over the course of the last few posts we have tried to explain the process of granting a new lease under the terms of the Leasehold Reform and Urban Development Act 1993. We’ve looked at the various elements that have to be taken into account in calculating the premium that the lessee will have to pay to the freeholder and thought that it was ... Read more >>

In my last post we said that we would start to look at how ‘The diminution in value of the freeholder’s interest in the subject property’ is calculated. Generally there will be two elements to take into account. This will be the loss of the income from the ground rent and the loss of the potential reversion at the end of the original ... Read more >>

Plus ça change

Wednesday, 9th February 2011 | by: Peter Barry

We wrote a few weeks ago about how things haven’t changed that much in the residential property in the last few decades.  Just recently we carried out surveys of two flats in London which illustrate this point quite dramatically. Both properties were one-bedroom, purpose-built flats in medium rise developments. They were both located in ... Read more >>

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Party Wall Questions #3

Tuesday, 1st February 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question Can a Building Owner cast a new mass concrete foundation above and alongside the projecting concrete foundation to an existing party wall and connect the two foundations with a dowel (known as ‘overpinning’) without serving notice? This is another question that was raised at a recent FPWS North London forum meeting which I ... Read more >>